Classic NES Series: Ice Climber Image

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  • Summary: Twenty years after their debut on the NES, mountain climbers Popo and Nana return to scale the heights as part of the NES Classic Series for the Game Boy Advance. As Popo (player two plays as Nana), you must use your trusty mallet to work your way up the mountain by chipping away at the blocks overhead and then jumping through the resulting hole. Your mallet is also useful for eliminating pesky enemies, including polar bears, seals, and mountain men. Collapse
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 12
  2. Negative: 1 out of 12
  1. A game many will be surprised to be on this list, but it happens to be one of the best. [Summer 2004, p.15]
  2. This shooter is absolutey brilliant, literally offering a layer of depth rarely seen in this genre. [Aug 2004, p.61]
  3. 75
    A true classic. The Souvalou moves at a somewhat glacial pace and the graphics are hopelessly flat, but besides those shortcomings it's still a phenomenal action game.
  4. Even today I can play Xevious and still be entertained, and that is something considering the game just hit its twenty-year age mark.
  5. The lack of power-ups and somewhat generic level design makes it pale in comparison to some other fine shooters on the NES ("Life Force" & "Guardian Legend" for example), but this was one of the first shooters on the system and it's still worth playing.
  6. It’s a timeless control scheme that still works well to this day, but there’s not much more to do than play it until you lose all of your lives.
  7. Unfortunately it sounds like a wristwatch alarm. After an hour or so of playing Xevious, staring at your watch will seem like a refreshing change of pace.

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